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Richard Romagnoli

Isabel Riexinger Mettler Professor of Theatre

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Richard Romagnoli is a co-founder of the Potomac Theatre Project and a co-director with James Petosa and Cheryl Faraone. He has directed many plays for the company, including Howard Barker's Scenes From An Execution (subsequently co-produced and presented in NY with the Blue Light Theatre Company), Plevna, The Castle and No End of Blame; Havel: The Passion Of Thought, Safari, 1992... are we having FUN yet? (co-director); the American premiere of Harold Pinter's The New World Order, the same author's Mountain Language and No Man's Land; Iranian Nights and Vampire. For the Olney Theatre Center for the Arts he has directed The Importance of Being Earnest, Camille, The Homecoming, Candida, and Private Lives and has directed at the Shenandoah Playwrights Conference, Philadelphia Drama Guild, the Young Playwrights Festival at the Public Theatre in New York. He is a member of The Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. Several of his productions for Middlebury have been selected for the American College Theatre Festival in New England and at the Kennedy Center.

 

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FYSE 1257 - Laughter/Tears: Beckett, et al      

Laughing Through Tears: The Comedy of Beckett, Pinter, and Frayn
In this seminar we will explore various comic forms in the plays of Samuel Beckett, Harold Pinter, Tom Stoppard, and Michael Frayn, including farce, satire, comedy of manners and menace, situation comedy, and parody. Students will be engaged in class discussion, oral presentations, film viewing, and extensive written work. Acting experience is helpful but not a requirement. 3 hrs. sem.

ART CW LIT

Fall 2011

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THEA 0102 - Acting I: Beginning Acting      

Acting I: Beginning Acting
Rigorous physical and psychophysical exercises attempt to break through the cultural and psychological barriers that inhibit an open responsiveness to impulses, to the environment, and to others. Attempt is made to free personal response within improvised scenes and, eventually, within the narrative structure of a naturalistic scene. Attention is given to various theories of acting technique. Students are expected to audition for departmental shows. (First- and second-year students only) 3 hrs. lect./individual labs

ART

Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012

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THEA 0210 - Fall Production Studio: Acting      

Fall Production Studio: Acting
The cast works as part of a company interpreting, rehearsing, and performing a play. Productions for Fall 2014 include Vampire by Snoo Wilson and Mendel, Inc. by David Freedman. Those receiving credit can expect to rehearse four to six nights a week. Appropriate written work is required. Participation in the course is determined by auditions held the previous term. (Approval required) 3 hrs. lect.

ART

Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2013, Fall 2014

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THEA 0214 - Directing I: Beginning      

Directing I: Beginning
As a group, students will analyze one or two plays to discover the process involved in preparing a script for production. Attention will be given to production and design concepts, textual values, auditions, rehearsals, and the structuring of a performance in time and space. Students will also cast and direct one or more scenes to be worked on and performed in class. The practical work is combined with written analysis. (Approval required; ARDV 0116, THEA 0102) 4 hrs. lect.

Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013

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THEA 0220 - Spring Production Studio: Act      

Spring Production Studio: Acting
The cast works as part of a company, interpreting, rehearsing, and performing a play. Those receiving credit can expect to rehearse four to six nights a week. Appropriate written work is required. Participation in the course is determined by auditions held during the term prior to the performance. (Approval required) 3 hrs. lect.

ART

Spring 2011, Spring 2013

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THEA 0228 / ENAM 0228 - ContemporaryBritishPlaywrights      

Contemporary British Playwrights
This course will explore Great Britain's controversial theatrical movement, beginning in the late sixties, which came to be known as "The Fringe." Plays by David Hare, Howard Brenton, Stephan Poliakoff, Howard Barker, David Edgar, Caryl Churchill, Snoo Wilson, Trevor Griffiths, and others will be discussed. Particular focus will be on the plays' dramaturgical and theatrical values, as well as their impact on the overall development of the Fringe theatre movement and its influence on the more traditional theatrical establishment. 3 hrs. lect.

ART EUR LIT

Fall 2010, Fall 2014

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THEA 0236 / ENAM 0236 - Contemp. American Playwrights      

Contemporary American Playwrights
In this course we will explore through discussion and in-class dramatic presentations the plays of a selection of contemporary American writers since 1974. Students will give one oral presentation and submit a concluding essay. Authors read will include Sam Shepard, August Wilson, John Patrick Shanley, Marsha Norman, Tracey Letts, Miguel Pinero, and Ntozake Shange. (Formerly THEA/AMLT 0216) 3 hrs. lect.

ART LIT NOR

Winter 2012

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THEA 0406 - 20th/21st Century Perf. Aesth      

Twentieth/Twenty-first Century Performance Aesthetics
This course is an intensive exploration of the evolution of the theory and practice of theatrical experimentation in the 20th and 21st centuries. The Modernist movement irrevocably altered the artist’s relationship to the social, and political order. The ramifications of this change will be addressed throughout the course, with particular emphasis on Brecht, Artaud, and Grotowski. Students will write papers and give presentations on the work of such contemporary artists as Peter Brook, DV8, Robert Wilson, Ariane Mnouchkine, Complicite and Jerzy Grotowski. (Approval required; ARDV 0116 and THEA 0208) 3 hrs. lect./1 hr. disc.

ART

Fall 2012, Fall 2013

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THEA 0500 - Intermediate Indep Project      

Intermediate Independent Project
In consultation with their advisors, theatre majors in design may propose a THEA 0500 Intermediate Independent Project. Preliminary proposal forms approved by the student's advisor will be submitted to the program by March 1st of the preceding academic year for those wanting credit in the fall or winter terms and by October 1st for those wanting credit in the spring term. Projects will conform to the guidelines that are available in the theatre office. Students are required to attend a weekly THEA 0500/0700 seminar.

Fall 2010, Winter 2011, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Winter 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

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THEA 0505 - Intermediate Ind. Project      

Intermediate Independent Project
(Approval Required)

Fall 2010, Winter 2011, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Winter 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

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THEA 0700 - Senior Project      

Senior Independent Project
Senior work is required. In consultation with their advisors, theatre majors may propose a THEA 0700 Independent Project. Preliminary proposal forms approved by the student's advisor will be submitted to the program by March 1st of the preceding academic year for those wanting credit in the fall or winter terms and by October 1st for those wanting credit in the spring term. Projects will conform to the guidelines that are available in the theatre office. Students are required to attend a weekly THEA 0500/0700 seminar.

Fall 2010, Winter 2011, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Winter 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

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THEA 1012 - Plays & Theories/Howard Barker      

The Plays and Theories of Howard Barker
In this course we will explore the plays of contemporary British playwright Howard Barker. Barker is the author of the Theatre of Catastrophe, a theory that tests the validity of moral categories and abolishes the routine distinctions between good and bad actions. He often presents desperate situations in bawdily humorous contexts. Barker’s work has always been surrounded by controversy. The plays covered in class will be No End of Blame, Scenes from an Execution, The Castle, Victory, Hard Heart, /The Europeans/, and The Possibilities.

EUR LIT WTR

Winter 2013

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